In a rare turn of events, Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes will be left waiting another week to learn his fate following the England backrower's disciplinary hearing in Coventry earlier today.
The independent disciplinary panel comprised Gareth Graham with Matthew Weaver and Martyn Wood.
Independent panel chair Gareth Graham said: "The independent panel appointed to deal with this case will reconvene in not less than 7 days in order to deal with an issue that arose during the evening.
"No judgment will be issued by the panel in this period and the panel direct that the player, Wasps Rugby and the RFU are to make no further comment until the case has concluded.
"The player remains suspended until the conclusion of the matter.”
The unspecified issue allegedly forced the hearing to be stopped for a four hour period, resulting in the delayed verdict and interim suspension.
The 17-times-capped international was cited for punching Gloucester flanker Lewis Ludlow during the 79th minute of the sixth round Premiership clash between Wasps and Gloucester.
Further controversy materialised yesterday evening when Hughe's took to take to twitter at 8.37pm and tweet "what a joke" may have put the Fijian-born star in hot water. Despite the the fact Hughes soon deleted the tweet, it seems the damage may have been done.
An entry point of a six-week ban may have been reduced at the panel's discretion for various circumstances such as showing remorse, a guilty plead and reasonable disciplinary record. However, the disdain the England international showed the panel and process may see him slapped with an additional charge of conduct prejudicial to the game, contrary to RFU rule 5.12
Wasps have been left without Hughes from their squad to face Leinster tomorrow night, with Dai Young naming his side earlier this afternoon.
England boss Eddie Jones will also be left in limbo over the next seven days, waiting to know whether he will be able to include the 27-year-old in England's Autumn International squad next week.
Jones names his squad on the 18th of October, the day after Hughes' hearing is set to reconvene. With Exeter number eight Sam Simmonds already ruled out with injury, Jones could be left relying on injury prone Billy Vunipola and 21-year-old fledgeling Bath star Zach Mercer.
England Autumn Internationals schedule